I have started my placement at a middle school in Lansing, MI. I'm in an eighth grade English classroom and am very excited to finally have some experience in a classroom environment. I have tutored several times before, but it was usually one on one. I am interested in seeing what taking on thirty students at a time feels like and working on my classroom management.
Although the placement will include a great deal of observation, there will also be time to practice teaching and working with students. My goals for the semester include:
- Working and connecting with students .
- Practicing my teaching persona and presence in the classroom.
- Teaching a lesson and moderating a class discussion.
I know these goals are vague and may include many things, but I want to be open to whatever opportunities present themselves. I feel I'm going to learn a lot from this experience and hope to have time to work and grow in my placement. I originally wanted to work in a high school and was disappointed to get another middle school. I, however, think I could enjoy the middle school dynamic.
I think this placement will be interesting, exciting, and definitely eye-opening.